What’s In My Bag with Fashion Photographer Lucas Passmore

 
 

The absolute two most important things in my bag are a bone saw with at least a 7-8 inch blade, as you have to remember the average 180 lbs human is going to take a lot of elbow grease to process, and you need the leverage of a longer instrument. The number two paramount item in my bag is Sodium Hydroxide, aka, ‘lye’; five pounds should be more than enough for one body to dissolve in a bath….

…oh crap, wait, this is for the photography thing. OK, forget what I wrote above…I’m supposed to write what’s in my CAMERA bag. My mistake.

In general, I have 2 kits/bags for two types of scenarios: my studio & job bag, and my location-testing bag. And while I have many more camera bodies and lenses, as well as additional goodies, the following are what is usually typical for me in either situation.

 
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Bag 1: The studio and/or job bag

 
 

– Canon 5d mkIII w/ battery grip: my workhorse, and grip for comfort as well as less changing out batteries on long production days.

– Canon 50mm 1.2: usually the only lens I’ll use with model tests.

– Canon 24-70mm 2.8: usually the only lens I’ll use if I’m on location for a job that has many looks/outfit changes.

– ND filter: while the mkIII’s shutter-speed is more than sufficient at 1/8000 to compensate for ultra-bright outdoor situations, I’ll pop on a ND if I want a slower-shutter speed with a wide-open aperture, for aesthetic purposes.

– Kodak Cameo Focus Free camera: this is basically a disposable film camera that you do NOT throw away. It’s point&shoot at its very basic, and I use for my ‘behind-the-scenes’ pics on any given shoot. Why? Dunno…I just like the gritty, imperfect look of film as shot through a plastic lens, as it makes the BTS look cool & raw. Total personal preference.

– Film rolls: Lomography 100/400iso are very affordable and have a unique, alternative look that fits my taste for these BTS kind-of shots. The Ilford HPS is definitely more $$, but can’t beat those b&w tones, in my opinion.

– Fuji Instax 210: instant/polaroids are always, always a big hit with models & clients. I’ll snap a bunch during the shoot and give to the client as a take-away. For some reason, the novelty of the instant photo has withstood 40 years and running!

– Profoto Air Remote

 
 

– Sekonic L-358 light meter: quick & accurate for studio lighting, and I’ll sometimes use outdoors in natural light, but that’s mainly just to look cool for the client & model. Makes me seem professional or something.

– Battery charger/extra battery

– Bluetooth speaker: especially handy on-location; mainly use it for when model is getting their make-up/hair done, as it kicks off the shoot right with a good energy.

– Pen brush

– Sharpie

– Pocket knife: can’t tell you how many times I end up needing an edge to cut a myriad of different, unrelated things on any given shoot.

– USB portable power brick & 4-in-1 cord: for charging phones or iDevices; models will always run down their phone battery during the course of a full day shoot (constant texting/Instagramming in between shots), and you’ll be their hero if you produce a way to charge their precious, precious phone.

– Extra AA and AAA batteries: these extras will always find some unpredictable way, at the most crucial time, to save the day somehow.

– CF/SD cards: duh!

– Business cards

 

 
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Bag 2: Location-Testing Bag

 

A significantly lighter kit that I’ll mainly use when doing model tests on-location, especially when there’s a heavy amount of walk/climbing/traversing involved to get to the location.

– Sony A7ii: very light & compact, but still packs a full-frame sensor. The EVF makes it quick & easy to judge exposure in natural light. No heavy metering or chimping!

– Sony Zeiss 55mm 1.8: one of the sharpest lenses on the market, and equally compact/light. Perfect focal length for model tests, in my opinion.

– Kodak Cameo Focus Free camera: same use as in Bag 1

– Business cards

– Pocket knife

– Baby oil gel: a must for when shooting on the beach or when doing body/nudes for dewey, shiny skin. The gel form lessens spills/leaks, as it is more viscous than its pure oil counterpart.

– Pen brush

– Sharpie

– Extra camera batteries (especially for the a7 series. Man, can those go through power)

– Sensor/lens blower

– USB portable power brick & 4-in-1 cord

– Bluetooth speaker

– Cash: mainly use for parking, as most parks/beaches do not take credit cards

 
Lucas Passmore